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by Martti Kaartinen, Niklas Kullström


At the beginning of the 20th century, when there were still empty spots on the world map, the Finnish philologist G.J. Ramstedt travelled through Central Asia to Japan. Like a true adventurer, he kept a diary in the grand style that we hear on the soundtrack, while the contrast to today's landscapes and, especially, cities is highlighted in the film's imagery shot during the two Finnish filmmakers' journey in his footsteps. 'Eastern Memories' is both an essay portraying a scientist and a magnificent travel film, which spans over ten thousand kilometres and has a hundred years of historical experiences in its luggage. The duo Niklas Kullström and Martti Kaartinen have created a breathtaking film with an edge of bone-dry Finnish humour – told, as it is, by a dead Finn from the cold North on the fringes of the Mongolian steppes. The landscapes become the canvas on which fantasy and expectation can paint their dreams of greatness and adventure.

international title: Eastern Memories
original title: G. J. Ramstedtin maailma
country: Finland
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Martti Kaartinen, Niklas Kullström
film run: 86'
screenplay: Martti Kaartinen, Niklas Kullström
cinematography by: Niklas Kullström
film editing: Niklas Kullström
music: Rasmus Hedlund
producer: Niklas Kullström
associate producer: (id:349273)
production: Hillstream Pictures
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